(Closed) "Real rubies are hard to find"

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
5317 posts
Bee Keeper

It is really hard to find a nice, untreated ruby, for a good price. Finding the perfect colored gemstone is not easy.

Post # 18
730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nice rubies ARE hard to find.


The best rubies come from Burma (well, what we now call Myanmar.)  With the trade embargo against that country, there are other rubies available, but not to the standard of the traditional Burmese ruby.


Have you looked into estate rings, perhaps?  

Post # 19
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I’m not going to touch the “I would say no” thing. I will say this: it’s worth the wait. I wanted an emerald, which of couse gunked up the whole process. I then brought him around to the idea that a lab created emerald would be better in the long run because they are: more durable, better in color, have fewer inclusions, and cheaper. Fiance then found the emerald through Chatham (they also make rubies), bought the setting at gemvara w/ a black onyx in it to bring down the price, and had a jeweler switch the onyx with the emerald! Voila! The perfect ring for $2k less.

Maybe your Fiance has something like that in the works. These things take time. I know you’re scratching at the walls; I was too. Now that I have the ring, though, I wish I’d given him room to breathe.

Post # 21
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@JaneyDcat:  I agree. I’m a July girl, and super picky about rubies. They can be too pink, or washed-out looking, or just not look “right.”

Post # 24
2645 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@subtlebee:  The waiting and not knowing where he is in the process is probably super annoying, but at least you can take comfort in knowing he isn’t going to “settle” and you are going to end up with the perfect ring.


Post # 25
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@subtlebee:  If March is that depresssing, then just stick out until April….or change your frame of mind and be open to a March engagement- it’d give you a more positive outlook on the month.

Post # 27
1869 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@subtlebee:  Have you looked at estate pieces?? There are some amazing stones in those.

Post # 31
1845 posts
Buzzing bee

Rubies and emeralds are rarer than diamonds.

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